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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.

Style: Imperial Stout
Hops: Magnum, Challenger
Malts: Two Row Pale, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: October, 2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Aroma: Dark malts, chocolate hints
Appearance: Pitch black with brownish head
Taste: Dry cocoa, hints of coffee
Palate: Big coating mouthfeel. Very dry cocoa finish.
Overall: Not as complex as I had expected, but this big beer is very tasty and the abv makes this a very warming beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Nice roasted malt aroma. Good looking pour with thick tan foam. Big toasty malt flavors jump right out. There’s dark chocolate, caramel and a little smoke. Nice lingering finish. The heavier mouth feel helps the flavors. Easily one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black with a small toasted looking head. Aroma: Very roasty - nice!!! Coffee, chocolate, burned/roasted bread, smoke. A really nice aroma. Well, maybe a great aroma, but an even better taste!!! Wow.. So much flavor! Pretty much the same as the aroma just a hell of a lot more of it. No taste of the alcohol but a little heat in the throat. Mouthfeel is as close to being the biggest as possible without it getting there. Still, a fantasticly, nicely lingering aftertaste. A fantastic beer!! Would love to try this on some barrels! Wow, this is really, really(!) a hell of a brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abrakarl (417) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2013
Great beer. Not the heaviest but rich and rewarding. Certainly a much more interesting beer than their regulars: pale ale and torpedo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4248) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Summerlin, Las Vegas. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruity, coffee, roasty, some licorice and a hint of ash. Flavor is sweet roasted, chocolate and fruity, slightly spicy and smooth. A bit chemical finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (810) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Black with a thin dark head. Chocolate soy nose. Huge body smooth chockaty with a bit roast finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2675) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 Draft at Moriartys. Pitch black with a nice brown foam. Not much aroma, when cold at least. Deep, dark, burnt, unsweetened chocolate. Blackened cinnamon pepper pie with molasses. Charcoal grill. Body is a bit thin, but really great dark notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2013
There is no shedding light that lends itself to him after weeks in the dank cavernous depths, scraping his way back to the one he loves. His beard has caught the decaying flesh of unknown species he has forced to eat, for sustenance here is hard to find. He has become one with the dankness, ready to succumb to it, until he smells the familiar burning oak of his forest, his cabin that he seeks. At first faint, the moonlight becomes apparent, as he has somehow found his way back to where he has started. Woodsmoke heavy now, he rolls up his sleeves and walks to the front door. A bottle awaits. A viscous black rolls silently into his glass as he breathes in the molasses. The first sip’s citrus surprise tickles, but this sensation does not return. His tongue senses a cardboard hardiness followed by a residual tonguefeel that soothes and coats his throat. It reminds him of just-skilleted butter atop baked sweetbread. Looking at his glass, any previous signs of lacing have vanished like the memories of his purgatory in the cave. He sleeps a long, hibernate respite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FenrisWolf (36) - - SEP 27, 2013
Complex and bold with a persistent hop and chocolate mixture. Big fat tan head on the pour and amazing smell. Love this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle. Black with a big tan head. Aroma is piney hops and roasted barley. Taste is cocoa, piney and citrusy hops, a hint of coffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Nice complex stout.

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